I’ve taken the liberty to update my previous post on Steven’s Russian Rifle Battalion for a number of reasons:
- They have done good service; I received them, from my mate Roland in New Zealand, on 15 November 2001.
- I rebased them using Sand, Flat Earth paint, and Dry Brushing
- I took the opportunity to give them the proper Battalion Code = “R”
Order of Battle
My Russians are a standard Crossfire orbat.
Russian Rifle Battalion
- 1 x BC (+1)
- 1 x Heavy Weapons Company:
- 3 x HMG [4 guns each]
- 3 x FO for off table 82mm Mortar (12 FM) [4 tubes each]
- 1 x 45mm ATG with optional tow
- 3 x Rifle Companies
- 1 x CC (+1)
- 1 x HMG
- 1 x on-table 50mm Mortar (12 FM) [4 tubes each]
- 3 x Rifle Platoons: PC (+1/0), 4 x Rifle
As I mentioned on Base Sizes and Number of Figures in Crossfire I use a non-standard base size for my Battalion Commanders (BC). There can be confusion between a BC and ordinary squads as each have 3 figures on a 30mm x 30mm square base. To avoid that confusion I use three slightly different schemes:
- large stand (50mm x 50mm) with 3 figures plus a jeep
- large stand (50mm x 50mm) with 5 figures, and no jeep, but one of the figures has a flag
- normal stand (30mm x30mm) with 3 figures, but one of the figures has a flag
My Russians got 3 figures and a jeep on a 50mm x 50mm stand.
There are three rifle companies within the battle but I’ll only focus on 1st Company.
My Commander Commanders (CC) are the standard 3 figures on a 30mm x 30mm base.
Company Heavy Weapons
Each rifle company has integral heavy weapons. First up is an HMG standard with two crew with a weapon on a 30mm x 30mm stand.
Unlike their opponents, the Russians used 50mm mortars throughout the war. I field my small mortars on table so they are two crew with a (tiny) weapon on a 30mm x 30mm base. This counts as an FO for all purposes.
Each rifle company has three rifle platoons. Early Russian rifle platoons have a Platoon Commander (PC) plus four rifle squads. Mid to late war this dropped to three rifle squads per platoon. Rifle squads are 3 figures on a 30mm x 30mm stand.
PCs are 1 figure on a 30mm x 15mm stand.
Heavy Weapons Company
The Russian Heavy Weapons Company had HMG and mortars.
Three HMG standards are in the Russian Heavy Weapons Company.
That gives the battalion six HMG in total, three from the companies and three from battalion level. That is a lot of firepower.
The Russians get a fairly standard medium mortar (82mm). The Heavy Weapons Company gets three FOs for off table 82mm mortar batteries. As I mentioned on Base Sizes and Number of Figures in Crossfire I use a non-standard base size for my FOs to distinguish them from PCs. My FOs are one figure on a 20mm wide x 25mm deep base.
I’ve also taken the on table option. Three crew with a weapon on a 30mm x 30mm base.
Should I ever field these guys, and I haven’t to date, I’d field them with an FO as well. The FO gives the ability to fire indirect even if the weapon is on table.
Again, if you combine battalion and company assets that is quite a lot of tubes. Admittedly they are not super powerful being on 50mm (x3) and 82mm (x3)
45mm Anti-tank Gun
Lastly the battalion gets a single 45mm anti-tank gun with optional tow. The Soviets used these throughout the war, towards the end they were primarily anti-personnel weapons.
The photos show the IDs for the 1st Rifle Company with the code “R-1”. First platoon within the company is “R-1-1” etc.
The stands with red dots are so I can distinguish which have Infantry Anti-tank Weapons. I don’t bother representing the weapon. Mainly because it would be an anti-tank rifle and such a team takes a lot of space.
Roland Davis painted all the figures. Roland uses the Black Undercoat Method of painting.